What is Perth Cathedral, St Ninian’s, Restoration Appeal about?
Perth Cathedral, dedicated to St. Ninian, is built on land which was once part of the Blackfriars Monastery, and is noteworthy for being the first Anglican cathedral to be established in Britain since the Reformation in the 16th century.
After more than 150 years the cathedral is beginning to show its age. Without urgent attention to its decaying fabric this remarkable Category A Listed Building, designed by the celebrated British architect William Butterfield, is in real danger of becoming unfit for purpose. Guided by a team of conservation professionals the cathedral Vestry has drawn up plans for a three phase programme of restoration. This will need to begin with urgent work on the roof, which is needed to make the building wind and watertight, before other work can start.
What is the challenge ?
Later phases of the restoration will include repairs to the crumbling stonework and ageing Victorian stained glass, and the internal redecoration of areas which have been damaged by heavy water penetration. Work is also required to bring internal services such as lighting and heating up to modern standards, and to make the building safe and fit for use by people of all ages and abilities in the 21st century. Although some external funding has been promised, the Vestry and congregation are still faced with the challenge of having to raise £250,000 for the first phase (Raise the Roof) and a further three million pounds for the full restoration.
Why does it matter ?
Consecrated in 1850 as the mother church of the diocese of St. Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane, Perth Cathedral was in the vanguard of the mid-19th century revival of the Anglican Church in Scotland. Among other things, the cathedral boasts a long-established choral tradition, and a fine organ, which combine to enrich worship throughout the year, and enable us to celebrate the traditional Christian festivals in music and song. As well as being a place of worship for its regular congregation, the cathedral welcomes visitors and provides a safe and welcoming home for a large number of community groups, ranging from young children to the elderly. We are confident that, with your help, we can raise the funds which are needed to make this nationally important building secure for another century.
All donations and prayers are gratefully accepted.
Donations can be made by cheque – payable to Perth Cathedral and sent to: Restoration Appeal Treasurer, Perth Cathedral, North Methven Street, Perth PH1 5PP or if you would like to donate online or look at up to date information on our activities,you can go to our JustGiving campaign page – click here .